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Carmen Cygni

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  1. Adam Gase

    Alright, let's take those three and go from there. The biggest knock on Sean Payton is that he only pays attention to the offense and the Saints overall success has suffered because of it. In 10 complete coaching years, only half of which have produced a winning season (and outside their lone SB title when the defense created an incredible amount of postseason takeaways), he has only 2 postseason wins. Also of note, the Saints 4 losing seasons (and now 3 consecutive) have come at the hands of their defense being ranked in points against #31, #28, #32, and #31 respectively. There's a pattern there. Mike McCarthy is the exception to the rule here in being he has had the obvious benefit of having both Favre and Rodgers (2 of the greater QBs to have ever played), but ironically the only title he was won came when the Packers defense was #2 in points against. Jason Garret doesn't belong in this conversation, IMO. In his 7 complete coaching years has only had 2 winning seasons and only a single postseason win. I am not able to agree with your definition of success in relation to HCs who are hands off on the defensive side of the ball. Unless you possess the exception of having one of the greats at the QB position, overall success is very limited for HCs who are solely offensively minded. An offense can carry a team thru the regular season but defense wins championships.
  2. TNF: Bears @ Packers

    Not necessarily. You cant hit college players where it hurts most - their wallet. Fines and missing out on game checks is a far more substantial repercussion than simply being suspended for the following game. I see the comparison you're trying to make here, but it's not really a viable one when it comes to similarities of the possible disciplinary actions.
  3. TNF: Bears @ Packers

    Well, too late. Officials have the power for that judgement, it just wasn't deemed flagrant in this case.
  4. TNF: Bears @ Packers

    Care to explain how this is different than any other call made by officiating crews/members?
  5. TNF: Bears @ Packers

    Calling for an in-game ejection for such a violation is not a weak argument. Emotions overflow and then you have the opposition in a viable retaliation mode. Removing the guilty player from the field of play eliminates such possible overreactions.
  6. TNF: Bears @ Packers

    First time offender or not, that hit should deem an immediate expulsion from the game and a suspension. I know the game is fast, very fast, but you must be more aware than that to put colleagues in a career threatening position. He also put himself in danger by lowering his helmet like that. That was a disgusting play by Trevathian.
  7. What was it like watching mid-late 2000's Peyton Manning?

    Your "proof" is a single collegiate play? One that doesn't even understand why keeping your feet pumping, and not static, is an important factor in throwing mechanics. Seriously? I'm not even sure this subject is worth debating with you because you it seems that have some sort of blinded bias towards Manning. I'll continue b/c because it is also obvious to me that you are unaware of proper throwing mechanics, how to perform in a pocket while buying time, and with an assumption that maybe you are interested in shedding the falsehoods you've been previously fed and are open to learning more about the position. I could list you roughly 50 different drills that QBs do to work on footwork alone to improve pocket presence. Just a few of those drills that specifically focus on keeping your legs pumping are the Ladder, Pitter Patter, Charger Bag, and Houston (aka Mazzone). A QB's throwing motion begins with the feet and anytime that they remain static (excluding the necessary first mechanical step of setting your power angle upon the start of your throwing motion) you lose velocity and accuracy. IOW, those "happy feet", which are simply the result of proper simulation of QB drills translated to a game time situation, are ideal. Good QBs never have stationary feet in the pocket, they display short choppy steps while remaining in the same spot. It may look odd or even funny, but it's a necessity for proper throwing mechanics. http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap3000000828064/Tom-Brady-practices-his-footwork-on-the-sidelines Also, because the game is so fluid and unpredictable, a QB is not going to be able to throw from an ideal platform every time. It will often call for a QB to throw of his backfoot, etc. because of pressure. Marino is noted for saying he'd rather scout a QB doing so b/c he also understood it's importance in the face of adversity. FYI, competent centers are always tasked with setting the protection calls. That wasn't a special duty for Saturday. At the professional level that is rarely, if ever, a call that the OC makes. The reason a QB ID's the Mike is to centralize the middle of the defense for the center b/c he is unable to see over the DL. Once that call is made by the QB he goes on to about a dozen other responsibilities he has before the ball is snapped, and the center then calls the protection for the rest of the lineman. Typically the only time you'll see a QB interject after that is to call for a slide if he ID's a blitz in his presnap read.
  8. Here's a great example of the Patriot's game planning and in-game adjustments. https://twitter.com/MySportsUpdate/status/913459355038732289
  9. What was it like watching mid-late 2000's Peyton Manning?

    Bingo. He was crucial in reading defenses, and putting Denver's offense in the best position to succeed (or rather even, not fail) and in turn helping the Bronco's defense by not putting them in bad field position and maintaining TOP.
  10. Cam Newton

    I agree with you here. An OL's responsibility is to block the 5 MDM (most dangerous man) who have the shortest and quickest path to the QB. Kalil in disregarding the strongside blitzer who was lined up on the LOS was an ME/MA (mental error/missed assignment). All around, Kalil did not play well and had a rough outing.
  11. Sherman's behaviour

    I don't like him, I love him. And elite WR's respect the hell out of him. If you have the time visit the Player's Tribune and read about the praise that AJ Green has for him in his article about the toughest CBS he has ever faced.
  12. What was it like watching mid-late 2000's Peyton Manning?

    I'm slightly taken aback by those dismissing Manning's command and poise at the LOS (in shotgun or under center). I can assure you that it wasn't just some hearsay and made for TV drama driven by one of the four letter networks. The attempts to dismiss that aspect of his game should be laughed at and brushed aside OC Tom Moore would call three plays and Manning was given the opportunity to decide which was the most effective one to attack the defense. That's why there was always a "check with me" when they lined up, especially in HUNH situations. And to top it off there were also hot reads and adjustments to be made post snap. You also have to take into account dummy calls (think "omaha"). As DC's became more aware of Manning's pre-snap abilities they gave their defensive captains more freedom to audible vs the Colt's offense as well. Sometimes the Colts would come to the line having a play they would want to use but the defense was in position to stop it. So instead of checking out of the play Manning would use dummy calls. In turn the defensive captains would think they were going to another play, audible themselves out, and essentially put them in a worse position to defend the original playcall. As far as the knock on him playing under center I can only assume you never watched Manning because he used a substantial amount of play action rollouts and bootlegs. This was also helped by OL coach Howard Mudd and his re-introduction of dish set pass protections that mimicked run blocking and kept the DL at bay from immediate penetration in thinking they needed to re-establish the LOS to defend the run. Last but not least, Manning's footwork as near flawless. I in fact dare anyone to post tape showing otherwise.
  13. Sherman's behaviour

    Did Sherman cross the line in this case? Perhaps. I'll leave it to the NFL to make that call. Football is incredibly fast sport and plays happen in an instant. Slo-mo replay has slightly diminished the split-decision making players must make. Still must keep your wits about you nonetheless despite all of the emotions that the sport brings forth. I admire, especially as a CB, the physical presence he brings to the game which is only matched by a small few. Beyond being an an extremely intelligent and talented player, and along with his excellent coverage skills and jam techniques, he also contributes heavily to the run game which is an often overlooked aspect and integral part of CBs.
  14. What was it like watching mid-late 2000's Peyton Manning?

    At Tennessee coaches nicknamed him "R2D2" for his computer-like ability to process football knowledge. Bruce Arians called him "Piranha" because he devoured any and all information he gave him. And beyond his mind he would wear out his teammates, especially the wide receivers, because he had a tireless work ethic and his desire for every route to be run to perfection in terms of timing and precision. I grew up a Dolphins fan, and Marino is still the best pure passer to have ever played, but when I began watching Manning w/ the Colts when they were still apart of the AFC East I knew I was seeing something incredibly special. I remember watching him direct the offense like a flawless symphony conductor and thinking if there was ever going to be another QB to break Dan's records, Peyton was the one. Sure enough, he did. I had never seen a QB with such command and presnap knowledge before that, and truth is there still hasn't been another on his level, yet. If there was a route that could exploit the weakness in zone coverage he would recognize it and audible accordingly. If a blitz was coming he could sense it and signal the hot read. If there was a bubble in the defensive front he would switch to a run call or flip the direction to capitalize on it. He could read cues on defensive personnel and know their intentions whether it was to blitz, to drop, a coverage roll, etc.; it was uncanny. Manning changed the game in that aspect and was before his time as most heralded QBs in the realm of that era where gunslingers (Marino, Montana) or successful products of their system and surroundings (Montana, Young, Kelly) To me, he's the best QB to have ever played the game so far. He could make every throw and do so with the appropriate touch (watching some QB's strong arm a short, in-breaking route is an eyesore) and incredible accuracy. And to top that all of he was a coach on and off the field.
  15. Cam Newton

    These NFL QB prototype narratives are quite disgusting and retarded. Also, if the NFL wants to continue to succeed in promoting it's most prized position, than the old man's club and their ideals of what a QB should be need to die off, like as of yesterday. There's a **** load of talent at the QB position, but many coaches/GM's are too fixated on what offenses are supposed to look like, instead of evolving into what they can be. I don't buy the longevity concerns either b/c your typical pocket passers behind modern offensive lineman are getting lit up like x-mas trees also.
  16. Cam Newton

    For the record, I think Newton is a damn fine QB, he just needs (like any player) competent coaching and a scheme to utilize his strengths. Case & point: The fine job Reid is doing with Alex Smith in Kansas City's spread offense. But on a personal accountability factor, Newton also needs to adhere to proper throwing mechanics instead of forcing plays to happen. Though, some of that stems from the original problem of the Panther's offensive scheme and coaching.
  17. Cam Newton

    Cian Fahey relies almost purely on statistical measures and doesn't understand schemes, concepts, nor reads or progressions. His tape analysis is very poor and guesses too often. It's very apparent in his work.
  18. What are the chances of Bruce Arians getting fired?

    I see this year as Arians' last hurrah (possibly Palmer's too). He really is a great coach but the state of the Cardinals franchise at the time of his arrival pretty much hinged on QB Palmer and I don't see him sticking around long enough to develop another talent at the position. He won't be fired, but he'll most likely retire at season's end.
  19. Cam Newton

    That is awful overall offensive awareness. How does a possible 7 man protection scheme blow a 6 man pressure? LT Kalil must pickup the strongside blitz, regardless of Dickson being lined up behind him. But there should be a call there for Dickson to chip and release for a check down outlet as Dickson also misread the defense and crossed the formation for no reason. Also there should be a hot read for WR Shepard to run a slant for the quick hit also. You either dump off to Dickson or throw at the weakside blitz to Shepard depending on how the SS plays the routes. That's just a straight up pitiful play design. That shouldn't happen in HS let alone the NFL.
  20. Cam Newton

    The only "arrogance" I see in Newton that actually hinders his game is his over-reliance on his arm strength. He gets away from proper throwing mechanics b/c he can strong arm the ball to just about anywhere on the field he wants. Problem is when he does that, it doesn't necessarily arrive accurately. His mechanical errors come from relying on his upper body strength b/c he too often doesn't use his lower body (every pass begins with your feet) due to scrambling and not resetting his base. Also his release is similar to that of one throwing darts and doesn't follow thru and down across his body. I'm a firm believer that you are either an accurate passer or you are not. You can only improve your accuracy within your skill set. So while Newton will never be one of the one of the NFL's top passers in that category, he can still be effective within his ability if he focus' on proper footwork, motion, and release. All of which when he doesn't abide by, causes errant passes with his most common mishap being that he over throws his target.
  21. Texans @ Patriots

    Tough loss (which is directly related to BOB's poor situational awareness) but congrats on finding your franchise QB. BOB doesn't scale back his system for anyone and puts everything on the QBs plate, young or old, and Watson is handling it extremely well, albeit via some improvisation. DW is a helluva kid.
  22. I agree with you here. The last time the Browns had a postseason win was with Belichick and the following year Modell ripped the rug from out from under the franchise in announcing the move to Baltimore mid-season. Also of note, after Cleveland's loss to Pittsburgh in the second round of the playoffs, Belichick and Nick Saban (his DC) developed the most effective pass defense coverage in modern football - Pattern Match. It's a coverage where defenders play zone within the first 5-7 yards and then pick up there man after the receivers declare their routes.This was their solution to defending 4 verts while in Cover 3 and it evolved from there. To dispel a Belichick myth in this thread he did not bring the 3-4 defense to the NFL. It was introduced in the 70's and it's NFL use is most likely accredited to DC Bill Arsnparger. Where Belichick succeeded with the 3-4 was making it a versatile hybrid b/w the tradition 2 gap and the modern 1, depending on how he wanted to attack the opposition.
  23. Week 3: Miami Dolphins (1-0) @ New York Jets (0-2)

    Dolphins have some significant issues. For one, they forced the FA signing of an aging sub-par QB out of retirement that was coming off season ending shoulder surgery. Why they kept Moore as a backup but they don't trust him to take the helm is failed logic. For all that talk about Gase being a supposed "QB guru" he sure does seem overly reliant on veteran QBs and has yet to develop talent at that position. Also feel as though he has designed the Dolphins like a fantasy football roster with a hangup on fancy offensive weapons, but with a disregard to the offensive line and especially the defense. Burke has no business being a DC and it's very apparent in his ties to that static wide 9 scheme.
  24. As others have touched on, it's Belichick's versatility, flexibility, and willingness to adapt. He's pretty much the only coach that is not tied to a specific scheme, offensively or defensively, and that allows him to use his personnel to their strengths by not having to abide by static prototypes and also stay ahead of the curve of NFL trends. Two recent examples: 1) In 2016 NE's game 3 during Brady's suspension, and Garoppolo's injury, most coaches would force their stripped down offense on the 3rd string QB and use that crutch as an excuse. Instead Belichick not only tailored the offense to Brisset but changed it entirely by running an offense from father's Navy era of coaching which was in basic some good ol' 1920's T-formation and single wing offense b/c it was a better fit for that QB's skill set. 2) I'm sure many have heard how Belichick forces the opposition to play outside their comfort zone and he did just that vs offenses in 2016 as well. With NFL offense's most popular formation being 11 personnel - which puts defenses primarily with Nickel - and the most popular run being the Inside Zone, BB was able defend both with a single look. Last year the Patriots defensively lined up in a 3-3-5 Bear Front. This formation was able to combat the pass favorable offenses with a back 8, while also taking away the inside zone by putting his NT over the Center, and two DT's shaded over the outside of the Guards (A zero technique, and two 3 techs). This gave offenses trouble using zone runs b/c it disrupted the interior lineman's ability to reach the second level and put a hat on MLB Hightower and SS Chung who often lingered over the slot or in the box for secondary run help. There are very few coaches who are not only willing, but also smart enough to be able to stray from the schemes and systems they were brought up in. Match that with Belichick's total control over football operations and you'll find your reason why HC's across the NFL landscape have a difficult time imitating his success.